Opening the Academy
Our second day is coming to a close for me here on the East Coast, and it’s been another very, very good day, thanks to all of you!
687 backers, $26,548 (at the time of this writing)—nearly 650% funded, with 9 stretch goals unlocked, and still 25 days left to go. Masks is doing better than I could’ve hoped—and we’ve got plenty to offer up to thank you for all your support!
Stretch Goal #9 UNLOCKED: Hiro’s Hot Takes, by Justin Rogers
No city full of superheroes would be complete without its own superhero-criticizing firebrand. (Or two. Or three. Or eight.) And we have our first one for Halcyon City now with Hiro Reckard! I’m excited to read some of Hiro’s rants, any one of which will give plenty of material for NPCs to criticize young heroes over! You can’t have a Spider-Man without a J. Jonah Jameson, and Hiro Reckard might actually be more important to making young heroes than you’d think.
In Our Next Issue…
“Healers of Halcyon City” by Brianna Sheldon and “Monarch Industries and the Chrysalis” by Kyle Simons are both still on deck, fleshing out Halcyon City on still more fronts. And now, we have our next stretch goal to announce…
Stretch Goal #12: The Phoenix Academy Playset, by Rob Wieland
For this stretch goal, Rob Wieland is going to create something a little different—a 10,000 word piece dedicated to playing Masks in a new, focused way. Phoenix Academy is our first Masks playset, a setting for the game that comes with new rules and setting material to run Masks in a high school called the Phoenix Academy.
The Phoenix Academy was founded by the most famous married couple from the Silver Generation, and the school was recently reopened by graduates that survived the Bronze Generation. The collection of faculty consists of retired heroes, guest lecturers, and reformed villains trying to guide the current generation while they struggle with their powers, their lives, and their identities.
The Phoenix Academy playset is going to be all about playing young heroes attending the Academy, learning from teachers, attending classes, and periodically punching villains in the face. Masks, by default, isn’t specifically designed for this kind of classroom setting—it’s a bit more in the vein of a free-wheeling team, like those found in Young Avengers or Young Justice—so this playset will be a great addition to the options for Masks! Rob will write up all the setting information you need to play in the Phoenix Academy, in addition to any custom moves, rules tweaks, and special systems you’ll need to bring Masks into this setting.
If we can reach our next stretch goal of $35,000, we’ll be giving the Phoenix Academy playset as a PDF to everyone who backs at least $10 or more! And if we fund a few more playsets down the line, we might have a whole new book to send to the printers...
Graduating to the Big Leagues
I’m really excited to see what Brianna and Kyle do with their Herald pieces, and to see what Rob can do with this playset! Masks is becoming something much greater than I originally expected, and I can’t wait to see what the next days bring! Thank you all so much for your support, and keep up the heroing—Halcyon City ain’t gonna save itself!